The Bowl

Speedbowl rocked by the passing of Richard “Bubby” Brouwer Jr.

WATERFORD — The entire New London-Waterford Speedbowl famiy was in a state of shock Tuesday when it was learned that Richard “Bubby Brouwer had died of cancer at the age of 53. Brouwer had been involved with the Speedbowl for more than 30 years as a competitor and an employee. He will best be remembered for his ability to fix anything at the Speedbowl to keep the track running. It didn’t matter if it was pumping water out of the infield and [...]

James looking to find more firepower- Will return to Speedbowl after blown motor

WATERFORD — Kyle James said he had his best car of the season Saturday night at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl. Unfortunately for him, his engine did not cooperate. A blown engine midway through the race helped end James’ two-“race SK Modified winning streak and also cost him the point lead. A ninth place finish by James, coupled with a third effort  by Dylan Izzo, enabled Izzo to take a one-point lead in the SK standings heading into Saturday night’s 40-lap feature. Even [...]

Momentary setback doesn’t deter Bryden’s enthusiasm

West Springfield teen making the move from karts to SK Lite Modifieds WATERFORD — Unless the smoke is coming from a victory cigar, smoke on the race track usually means trouble. That was the case for 17-year-old Alina mmBryden of West Springfield as she was preparing for her second career SK Lite Modified start at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl on June 16. “We went out for the third practice and we were running good laps,” Bryden said. “Then I heard a bing [...]

DeCoster leads every lap en route to first X-Car win- Berge dominates extra distance Super-X car feature- O’Sullivan holds off Bennett in Legends barnburner- Simmons grabs first-ever Bandolero win

WATERFORD — Dylan DeCoster of Waterford is attending two graduations this week. On Thursday he’ll graduate from Waterford High.  On Wednesday, however, he experienced a different kind of graduation — he graduated to the list of New London-Waterford Speedbowl winners.  DeCoster started on the pole and led every lap to capture the 25-lap X-Car feature as part of the Speedbowl’s Wild and Wacky Wednesday. In other action Wednesday, Don Berge, at the age of 55, showed he still knows how to get [...]

Hoffman’s career is getting better with age Westbrook driver prepares for extra-distance Super-X car race

WATERFORD — During his 46-year racing career, Denny Hoffman has learned one thing. “Fools rush in,” Hoffman said. “I don’t.” That philosophy of being patient and allowing the race come to you should come in handy Wednesday when Hoffman competes in the biggest Super-X Car of the season as part of Wild and Wacky Wednesday at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl. The Super-X Cars will battle for 35 laps. The X-Cars, Legend Cars and Bandoleros also will be part of the festivities. Hoffman and [...]

Summer Showdown showcases the Legend cars with $2000 to WIN!

Waterford- The Summer Showdown Legends race is just under two weeks away. The Legends division will compete in a 35 lap special event, showcasing the division.  As for the Legends, the event will consist of Group Time Sessions to set up the heat races, which will be 10 laps, consolation races, a B-Main, with the winner having the option to take the $100.00 for the win, or pass on the money and move to the A-Main, leaving the 2nd place finisher to get what the winner [...]

Owen holds off Janovic for first win – Puleo stays undefeated in SK Lite Modifieds – Porter grabs second Sportsman win – Canfield finds redemption in Mini-Stocks

WATERFORD — Todd Owen didn’t just drive the winning car in Saturday’s 40-lap SK Modified race at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl Saturday. He also built it. That made it a particularly satisfying win for Owen, who held off Rob Janovic Jr. on every restart to post his first victory of the season. Jonathan Puleo, meanwhile, continued to be the Speedbowl’s hottest driver. He held off a frantic comeback bid from Wayne Burroughs over the final two laps to win his third [...]

Gaedeke proves he can run with the big boys

  WATERFORD — Shawn Gaedeke started the 2018 season with one objective in mind — to prove that he could compete with the best drivers in the Sportsman division. “”I’ve been trying for two years to put something together to prove that I can drive,” Gaedeke said. He proved it last week when he roared his way to the front to win his first-ever Sportsman feature. The win also elevated him to the top spot in the point standings. Gaedeke will be looking [...]

The ACT Tour is at the Speedbowl Tonight!

It’s a beautiful day for racing at the Speedbowl- blue sky and race cars! Who could ask for anything more! Plenty of action on tap for tonight with the ACT (American-Canadian) Tour running 150 lap race along with the  Ministocks, Sportsman, Sk Lights and Sk Modifieds. Qualifying begins at 5 pm. Features begin about 6:30 pm. 

Caruso carving out his own legacy

WATERFORD — New London-Waterford Speedbowl fans might not know that much about Keith Caruso, but there’s a good chance they are familiar with the Caruso name. Keith’s grandfather was the legendary Mario “Fats” Caruso, a 2000 inductee in the New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame. His uncle, the late Dave Caruso, was considered to be one of New England’s top fender-car drivers. That isn’t just one tough act to follow, it’s two. “Those are tough shoes to fill,” Caruso said. “It’s [...]

Shafer, Lee overcome adversity to post Wild and Wacky victories – Emma Monahan grabs first-ever Bandolero win-Bennett holds off Blaskey to win Legends feature

WATERFORD — Usually the only people working at 1 a.m. are late-night talk show hosts. Marc Shafer and his team were busy Tuesday night, however, to try to get their Super-X Car ready for a 25-lap feature on Wednesday. “We had to put in a new rear-end and a new transmission,” Shafer said. “We were up until 1 a.m. getting it done.” The late-night work detail was worth it. Shafer took the lead on lap 13 from Jeremy Washburn and dominated the [...]

Bennett off to a sizzling start in 2018

WATERFORD — Peter Bennett ended the 2017 riding a wave. This year it’s turned into a tsunami.  He already has two wins in the New London Waterford Speedbowl’s Legends car competition — one on Saturday and one on Wednesday — and is leading the Saturday point standings by six points over Scott Limkemann. He is second in the point chase on Wednesdays, seven points behind leader Michael Blaskey. Bennett says it’s just a matter of starting 2018 the way he ended his [...]